Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jan 2010 23:31 UTC, submitted by jebb
Apple Now this is material that piques my interest more than anything: insights from one of the bigger names in the industry. Jean-Louis Gassee debunks the "Apple-must-license-its-software-or-die" myth by looking back upon the past - and if you don't know who JLG is, then please take that dunce hat and stand in the corner for three hours, contemplating your existence. Note: OSNews has a bug with using diacritic marks on the front page, so JLG's name is misspelled. It is correctly spelled in the article body.
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Good OS bad OS
by shashank_hi on Wed 20th Jan 2010 01:29 UTC
shashank_hi
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2009-08-27

I guess in the long run a good OS is what people use. iPhone OS is tied to iPhone but it has a fairly sizable market share. Android is nowhere close to it, although it must be noted that Android was released later. If I had to buy a phone today, I'd go for an iPhone, because the package is awesome (except the AT&T angle, of course).

Another example is Mac OS X. Its a good OS that's why people use it, and its market share is improving (despite the netbook boom).

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RE: Good OS bad OS - I see the two seporately
by jabbotts on Wed 20th Jan 2010 15:24 in reply to "Good OS bad OS"
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2007-09-06

Market Share measures the effectiveness of one's business including marketing, sales and supply chain teams. As a measure of the business, it works well. Popularity is the consumer side of that same coin; it's a measure of how popular the company is not how applicable it's products are to a given job or quality.

As such, I see the product and it's quality separate from market share. Rarely has a product's market share been gained purely based on that product and it's physical attributes. In IT, rarely has the better product won out over the better marketing team sadly. That does not change what a product is well suited for and the quality specifications the product is built against.

Apple's phone does rank high in both categories. They are excelent at marketing both subtle and obvious. One can't argue that the iPhone has a big chunk of the mobile phone market showing Apples success as a business. The phone's latest hardware version also seems pretty solid and for what it's designed to do, it does very well through it's software (what it's designed not to do takes me off the list of target customers).

I wouldn't suggest that the device is the best build quality delivering the most functions to the user because it's popular though. In this market, one can't even say it's popular because it delivers the best build quality and function set for the user.

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